Super Bowl XLIX Is Most Watched TV Show In History

By Staff  |  02/03/2015

Tom Brady

Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history, breaking records.

NBC revealed the numbers this week, which revealed that the big game was viewed by 114.4 million viewers, making it the highest-rated Super Bowl in 30 seasons, according to data from Nielsen.

While past Super Bowls have surpassed 100 million viewers, only 1983's M.A.S.H. cracked the mark.

Below is the breakdown:

114.4 Million – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Last Night’s Game)
112.2 Million – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)
111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)
111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, FOX (Feb. 2011)
108.7 Million – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)
106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS (Feb. 2010)
106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS (Feb. 1983)
98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC (Feb. 2009)

Viewership peaked at 120.8 million viewers from 9:45-10 p.m. ET during the fourth quarter, when Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady completed 13 of 15 pass attempts for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

The halftime performance by Katy Perry drew 118.5 million viewers, 3 million+ viewers more than last year's halftime featuring Bruno Mars (115.3 million). It was also the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show featuring entertainment ever (dating back to 1991).